Loam is soil in harmony, containing balanced elements of sand, silt, clay, and humus. A loamy soil is the ideal environment for the nourishment plants, people, and the planet.
LOAM Acupuncture & Herbal Medicine (LOAM) is an acupuncture clinic and wellness education center dedicated to nurturing intersectional healing. We believe that Chinese medicine (TCM) is an emerging ally in this pursuit, and in our movements for liberation.
The history of Chinese medicine began with a curious and creative human, and its foundation can be traced back to observations of nature. Over the course of 3,000+ years of inquiry, it has developed into a medical practice that honors the art and science of healing. In its vast scope TCM utilizes diverse modalities including acupuncture and moxibustion, herbal medicine, bodywork, exercise, nutritional therapy, and environmental health. At its core, Chinese medicine views disease and healing much like the concept of homeostasis: the human body as a dynamic system constantly moving toward optimal balance. When the body shifts between this state, TCM is able to differentiate patterns of imbalance with insight using thoughtful diagnostic measures.
One of the most widely known practices within the scope of Chinese medicines is Acupuncture. Utilizing thin and sterile needles, stimulation is facilitated at specific points and regions on the body. This process elicits a response, ultimately leading to a reduction of pain and inflammation
The study of herbology is, perhaps, one of the earliest forms of scientific research. In every area of the world, the use and care of plants for healing purposes has been utilized. Both Western and Eastern herbalists share common ground with a fundamental understanding of botanical intelligence in the formulation of plant-based remedies. Unique to Chinese herbalism is a variety of plant, animal, mineral, resin, and food components within its diverse materia medica.
Food is the first medicine. From the moment our tiny bellies rumble with that first intuitive hunger. Early on, the connection between plant and person is established through the act of eating. Overtime, we learn how to nourish ourselves and our communities through each and every meal. Through this wisdom, we begin to understand the valuable healing energy stored within food, which can be utilized to grow and sustain our overall health.
The practice of Chinese Medicine is a practice in Environmental Justice. In an era of climate crisis, consideration must be given to the various environmental factors that can influence people over a lifetime; from stress and trauma, to chemical exposure and injustice. Incorporating elements of culture, medicine and ecology, Chinese medicine acts as a bridge between many worlds, allowing space for diversity, while creating a loamy environment where communities can thrive. As practitioners of this time-honored, nature-based medical system, we use all of our senses to provide whole-health care.